Report: Kardashians To Sue Star for Libel in the Wake of Child Labor Scandal

Yesterday Star released an image of their cover (the mag is out today) with the headline "Kardashian Sweatshop Scandal," and a teaser for the story, which essentially accused the reality TV family of employing child laborers in factories where they are subjected to atrocious working conditions to produce their lines K-Dash by Kardashian, the Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle. Since then, the story has gotten a lot more confusing.
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Yesterday Star released an image of their cover (the mag is out today) with the headline "Kardashian Sweatshop Scandal," and a teaser for the story, which essentially accused the reality TV family of employing child laborers in factories where they are subjected to atrocious working conditions to produce their lines K-Dash by Kardashian, the Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle. Since then, the story has gotten a lot more confusing.
Photo: Getty

Photo: Getty

Yesterday Star released an image of their cover (the mag is out today) with the headline "Kardashian Sweatshop Scandal," and a teaser for the story, which essentially accused the reality TV family of employing child laborers in factories where they are subjected to atrocious working conditions to produce their lines K-Dash by Kardashian, the Kris Jenner Kollection and ShoeDazzle. Since then, the story has gotten a lot more confusing.

For one, TMZ published a story which quoted Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights who is the main source of the allegations in Star's article, as saying that he was misquoted for the piece. According to TMZ, Kernaghan told Star to “to wait on the article,” because he had no proof that the specific factories the Kardashians use were in violation of child labor standards or human rights. He added that the violations he described in Star were typical of that region in China--not the factories the Kardashians use specifically.

But then, mere hours later, RadarOnline published an article quoting Kernaghan as saying, “We don’t know what [TMZ is] talking about. I don’t disagree with a single thing [Star] said so I don’t know what they are saying.” He went on to reassert that he believed the conditions in the Kardashians' factory are in violation of human rights, though he admitted that he had yet to visit them. He called the Kardashians' claims that their factories have humane working conditions and are strictly policed "absurd and ridiculous." Huh.

But the plot thickens: Now the Kardashians are planning to sue Star Magazine for libel, TMZ is reporting. The reality TV clan, according to the gossip site, say that the magazine's headline should be considered libelous since neither the magazine nor Kernaghan have tangible proof that the claims made are true and are seeking financial compensation for any damage that has been caused to their brand.

We're so confused! Who do you think is in the right?